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House to consider catch-all spending bill next week

Congress must either pass the omnibus appropriations legislation or approve another continuing resolution to keep funding programs at fiscal 2008 levels.

Bond provision could give NE Amtrak trains major boost

Amtrak also could be in line for a slice of the $8 billion allotted for high-speed rail corridors in the stimulus.

Agencies test new waters in social media

Government officials are exploring outlets from YouTube to Twitter.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu

Energy Department to expedite stimulus spending

Staffing shortfalls could complicate efforts to streamline grant and loan application process.

First lady touts green initiatives in USDA visit

Michelle Obama also recognizes employees who have served more than 30 years in government.

Obama sets mark for early nominee dropouts

He's challenging Bill Clinton, who saw six major nominees withdraw their names over the course of his entire presidency.

BearingPoint files for bankruptcy

Firm is one of largest companies in federal management and technology consulting market.

OMB issues stimulus guidance to agencies

Beginning in March, agencies must submit weekly reports on how funds are spent.

Trouble brewing over final stimulus oversight language

Lawmaker objects to a yet-to-be-named recovery oversight board's authority to order inspectors general to conduct or refrain from pursuing investigations.

Watchdog blasts FDA on loose test compliance policy

Group says lax oversight has been applied to critical medical devices including cardiac defibrillators, pacemakers, replacement heart valves and coronary artery stents.